Sigur Rós, based out of Reykjavík, Iceland, are arguably one of the planet’s most intriguing bands. Their vocals are rarely, if ever, performed in English.
They prefer Icelandic but have no qualms employing a fabricated language called “Vonlenska”.
The band has consistently baffled critics. Over their twenty-plus years of existence numerous genres including “post-rock”, “dream pop”, “shoegaze” or “art rock” among many others, were utilized at some point whilst attempting to describe Sigur Rós’s sound.
Phillipp Malý, co-founder of Selection Promotion and self-proclaimed fan, partly attributes their sound to the band’s geographic origins. He states, “I guess that the music of Sigur Rós can only come from Iceland or a country with a similar landscape. All the lonely corners in Iceland, the heaviness of the steeply rising fjords in a soft misty atmosphere is very present in the songs like “Glósóli”; from the album Takk… or “Varðeldur” from Valtari”.
Ágætis byrjun is inarguably the place to begin with Sigur Rós. Its original release was restricted to Iceland before being picked up by labels in the United Kingdom (2000) and the United States (2001). Ágætis byrjun is the album that placed the band on a path that would lead to global
popularity. It’s also routinely considered one of this century’s greatest albums.
This was followed by ( ) (2002), performed entirely in Vonlenska, Takk… (2005), Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust (2008), Valtari (2012) and Kveikur (2013).
It’s been 14 long years since Sigur Rós last played in Prague and there is exciting news for fans and potential attendees. The band is currently working on a new album and are expected to present new material at their upcoming Prague concert.
Original member Kjartan “Kjarri” Sveinsson has also returned to the group after a near 10-year absence.
The Sigur Rós live experience is especially noteworthy. They can be intimate and immense, melancholic and euphoric. Malý sums up the band’s live show in the following description:
“Sigur Rós concerts are full of emotions – it feels like taking a deep dive into an emotional landscape. Music is mostly about feelings, but I know few bands where feelings and music are so strongly intertwined”.
This is an accurate description. Sigur Rós can and will take you on an emotional rollercoaster that could leave you forever changed.
It should be obvious this is a can’t miss the concert and clearly one of this year’s highlights for live music in the capital. Fourteen years have passed since the band’s last Prague appearance and it’s finally time to welcome Sigur Rós back.
- When: 9.10.22
- Where: O2 Universum
- Tickets: On sale now through Ticketmaster